The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: What it means to be human

January 17, 2013 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 4 stars, Books, Reviews

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa: What it means to be humanThe Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
Series: Blood of Eden #1
Published by Harlequin Enterprises, Australia on April 24, 2012
Source: Purchased
Genres: Dystopian, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

Enter Julie Kagawa's dark and twisted world as an unforgettable journey begins.

Allison Sekemoto is a girl surviving on the Fringe, the borders of a vampire city left to fend for herself and her group. As an ‘unregistered’ human, her source of food is from raiding houses which have been abandoned after the vampires overtook the city 20 years ago. The Fringe is a desolute place ruled by vampires and rabids, who pose a threat to anyone within their vicinity at any time. As a result, Allie is tough, driven, independent and badass. She knows how to take care of herself and frequently takes others under her wing. (minor spoilers ahead)

Pretty soon, the inevitable happens and her group eventually gets captured by a rabid. An ancient vampire, Kanin, offers her the only way out of death – to turn her into a vampire. Throughout the novel, she struggles against her thirst for blood and quest for humanity.

The start of Immortal Rules was really slow. It covers Allison’s life before, during, and after turning into a vampire. This does add a lot of background to her character and the desperate life of survival in the Fringe, however I think it could have been condensed a bit seeing as the main part of the story starts after she becomes a vampire and meets a group of humans. Things really start to speed up when she meets Ezekiel (Zeke), a handsome leader of a group of survivor humans, as Allie needs to cover her true nature as a vampire.

I really adored the group of survivors, especially Zeke. The world in Blood of Eden is really dystopian and desolute, with the people living day by day. The survivors are on a quest to find Eden, and for the first time in Allie’s life, she’s finally found hope for these people. Even though it’s too late for her (as she’s become the undead), she would stop at nothing to help these survivors reach Eden.

Zeke is a shining white beacon in the darkness. The Fringe, vampire city, and survival is just depressing. His fierce, loyal, and caring attitude is an inspiration to those around him, including Allison. She secretly thinks he’s too good for the world that he lives in, and it’s easy to see why.

Allie is such a refreshing strong female lead in contrast to all those weak female protagonists that always need saving. Her strength, ability to protect others around her, vampire skills and her skill with the samurai sword is just amazing. Even though she’s now a vampire, her constant struggle to protect the humans around her yet needing to feed on them shows her strength and perseverance.

If you’re looking for a vampire/dystopian novel out there with a strong female lead, Immortal Rules is definitely up your alley. Despite a slow beginning, I think it’s a journey worth taking. It’s unique enough as yet another vampire story. Just watch out for the massive cliffhanger at the end!

Check out my review for The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden #2) here.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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